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Tuesday, 14 July 2020

Egypt in the News on 14 July 2020

It’s a busy but mixed day for Egypt in the international press this morning. Coverage of Egypt’s “#MeToo moment” from the Associated Press is getting wide pickup, and US Democratic presidential candidate-in-waiting Joe Biden took a swipe at Egypt on Twitter after the release and repatriation of Egyptian-American Mohamed student and activist Mohamed Amashah, whose story got some ink from CNN.

A spate of stories looks at covid in Egypt, including Reuters writing of the impact of a permanent ban on late-night dining and shopping (building on measures imposed during the lockdown) and the AP talking about Cairenes delivering home-cooked meals to people with covid-19 — a sign there is some good left out there. Sudanese migrants in Egypt are struggling as perhaps a quarter of them have lost jobs and nearly half have had working hours cut thanks to the pandemic, Reuters reports, while the AP notes that journalist Mohamed Monir has died of covid after being released from pretrial detention at age 65. Monir was arrested after appearing on Islamist mouthpiece Al-Jazeera.

Meanwhile, The National notes that “alternative formulas” have fallen flat in GERD talks.

Antiquities in the spotlight: Two mummies found in Taposiris Magna Temple near Alexandria may be the final clues needed to find Cleopatra’s tomb, reports the Guardian, while Art News picks up on a BBC News Arabic investigation suggesting that the Tutankhamun exhibition at London’s Saatchi Gallery may have violated Egyptian antiquities laws.

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